The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris audiobook

The Unnamed

By Joshua Ferris
Read by Joshua Ferris

Little, Brown & Company, Hachette Book Group 9780316034012
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Joshua Ferris' debut novel Then We Came to the End was both heralded by critics and a New York Times bestseller, and marked the arrival of a startlingly talented young writer. With THE UNNAMED, Ferris imagines the collision between one man's free will and the forces of nature that are bigger than any of us. Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life. Tim has a loving family, a successful law career and a beautiful suburban home, all of which he maintains spectacularly well until his feet start moving again. What drives a man to stay in a marriage, in a job? What forces him away? Is love or conscience enough to overcome the darker, stronger urges of the natural world? THE UNNAMED is a deeply felt, luminous novel about modern life, ancient yearnings, and the power of human understanding.

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Summary

Summary

A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2010

A Booklist Editors’ Choice: Adult Books, 2010

Selected for the January 2010 Indie Next List

Joshua Ferris' debut novel Then We Came to the End was both heralded by critics and a New York Times bestseller, and marked the arrival of a startlingly talented young writer. With THE UNNAMED, Ferris imagines the collision between one man's free will and the forces of nature that are bigger than any of us.

Tim Farnsworth walks. He walks out of meetings and out of bed. He walks in sweltering heat and numbing cold. He will walk without stopping until he falls asleep, wherever he is. This curious affliction has baffled medical experts around the globe--and come perilously close to ruining what should be a happy life. Tim has a loving family, a successful law career and a beautiful suburban home, all of which he maintains spectacularly well until his feet start moving again.

What drives a man to stay in a marriage, in a job? What forces him away? Is love or conscience enough to overcome the darker, stronger urges of the natural world? THE UNNAMED is a deeply felt, luminous novel about modern life, ancient yearnings, and the power of human understanding.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

It's something to behold, this book...a breathtaking debut. Ain't It Cool News
Ferris delivers an understated reading that is all the more moving for its subtlety...The audio features a not-to-be-missed interview with the author. Publishers Weekly
There isn't a moment when Ferris the reader loses one's attention to what Ferris the writer has to say. AudioFile
It's something to behold, this book...a breathtaking debut. Ain't It Cool News
“Ferris shows a talent for the grotesque in his riveting descriptions of Tim’s decline. He also includes his specialty—scenes of juicy office intrigue. But what’s most engrossing in his portrait of a couple locked in an extreme version of a familiar conflict—the desire to stay together versus an inexplicable yearning to walk away.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“An unnerving portrait of a man stripped of civilization’s defenses. Ferris’ prose is brash, extravagant, and, near the end, chillingly beautiful.” New Yorker
“Ferris puts his notable wit and observational ability aside in favor of a far more psychological (and ultimately physical) examination of the self…An accomplished and daring work by a writer just now realizing what he is capable of creating.” Los Angeles Times
“You can’t break away from the grip of these opening chapters…Ferris usually writes in a steady, cool voice whether delivering the quotidian details of office work or existential observations about God that would otherwise sound grandiose. The effect is a terrifying portrayal of intermittent mental illness, the way the fear of relapse becomes a kind of specter, mocking each recovery and shredding any hope of a cure.” Washington Post
“Ferris is wise enough not to teach a lesson. Rather, he has teased ordinary circumstances into something extraordinary, which is exactly what we want our fiction writers to do.” Economist
“At once riveting, horrifying, and deeply sad, The Unnamed, like Tim’s feet, moves with a propulsion all its own. This is fiction with the force of an avalanche, snowballing unstoppable until it finally comes to rest.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Remarkable…Ferris manages to inject a bizarre whimsy into a devastatingly sad story, with each of Tim’s outings revealing a new aspect of his marriage. The novel’s circular aspects…integrate Ferris’ themes of family, sickness, and the uncertain division between body and mind into a vastly satisfying and original book.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Dark and utterly compelling…With his devastating metaphoric take on the yearning for connection and the struggles of commitment, Ferris brilliantly channels the suburban angst of Yates and Cheever for the new millenium.” Booklist (starred review)
“For those skeptical of authors narrating their own works, Exhibit A for the defense might justifiably be Joshua Ferris and his engrossing second novel. …Best of all is Ferris’ perfectly rendered performance of the story’s dialogue, complete with its false starts, misunderstandings, distractions, and everything else that comprises the way we actually talk to each other. There isn’t a moment when Ferris the reader loses one’s attention to what Ferris the writer has to say.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Joshua Ferris

Author Bio: Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of the New Yorker's “20 Under 40” writers in 2010. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Runtime: 8.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English